|BUCCS SCORE 11 UNANSWERED RUNS FOR WIN...
The Covington Buccaneers fell behind 7-3, but rallied for eleven straight runs for a 14-7 victory over Riverside.
April 2, 2009 - COVINGTON
For the second straight evening the Covington Buccaneers had to come back from a significant deficit to pull out a victory - coming from five runs down Wednesday to beat Milton Union and from four runs behind to beat Riverside on Thursday.
But don't go labeling the Buccaneers "The Comeback Kids" as Covington coach Mitch Hirsch would rather his team not put itself into a situation to have to come from behind.
"We've got to get out to better starts than we have in the past two games," said Hirsch. "When we get into league play and some bigger games here, we'll be in trouble if we don't play better early in games."
And some of those big games come up in a hurry as the Buccs travel to Versailles Friday and play a double-header at Lehman on Saturday.
"Those are big games because they are quality teams," Hirsch said. "We better come ready to play."
Riverside jumped on Covington in the first two innings by taking a 3-0 lead.
The Buccs responded with a run in the third and two more in the fourth to tie the score at 3-3, but Riverside scored four runs in the fifth to go back on top 7-3.
"They loaded the bases on us and had a base-clearing triple," Hirsch explained of the fifth inning onslaught by the Pirates.
Covington responded in the bottom of the fifth with six runs, all coming with two outs.
"We had a man on second with two outs and all the sudden we started hitting the ball the way we should," said Hirsch. "We had three doubles in that inning alone."
After a rough fifth inning in relief of starter Jake Bitner, Andy Sparks settled down and took command on the mound in the sixth and seventh - holding Riverside scoreless the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneer bats remained alive as five more runs went on the board in the sixth inning to break the game open, 14-7.
"Once we started hitting we kept the pressure on," Hirsch said. "I just wish we wouldn't wait until the fourth or fifth inning to get going."
Bitner started the game on the mound and went four-and-one-third inning, while Sparks pitched two-and-two-third innings and picked up the win. The duo combined to strike out seven and walk four.
Covington pounded out 12 hits and didn't commit any errors, while Riverside had six hits and three errors.
Adam Craft was 4-4 for the Buccs with two RBI, while Andrew DeHart and Andy Sparks each drove in three runs.
DeHart and Chris Long were 2-3, while Sparks hit 2-4.
Nate Lavey, Sparks and Long each doubled for the Buccs.
Covington improves to 2-0-1 on the season and travels to Versailles tomorrow.
Scoring by innings:
Riverside ...............2...1...0...0...4...0...0 - 7 - 6 - 3
Covington ..............0...0...1...2...6...5...- - 14 - 12 - 0